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Derby Theatre to stage One Man, Two Guvnors in autumn

Published: 9 February 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Derby Theatre’s main house production for autumn 2019 will be Richard Bean’s comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

Bean’s farce will be the next production between Derby Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch after their 2018 double bill of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and Abi by Atiha Sen Gupta, a contemporary response to Leigh’s seminal work.

One Man, Two Guvnors has remained a hit with audiences since the National Theatre production in 2011. The play continued to be a success when it toured the UK, playing in the West End and on Broadway. It later went to Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

The play will be directed by Derby Theatre’s artistic director and chief executive Sarah Brigham. She said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be directing One Man, Two Guvnors. I’m confident that our audiences and those in Hornchurch will have a truly great night in our theatres this autumn seeing this superb slapstick comedy.”

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch artistic director Douglas Rintoul added, “Derby Theatre is an innovative leader in British theatre, so we’re thrilled that Sarah Brigham will be directing this major revival of this iconic British comedy. Hornchurch and Derby audiences are in for a truly riotously fun night out.”

One Man, Two Guvnors will run at Derby Theatre from Saturday 7 until Saturday 28 September. Press night will be Tuesday 10 September. It will then go to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from Wednesday 2 until Saturday 19 October.